Protection plan for people in Latin America and Caribbean launched

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Colombians who have taken refuge in Panama's Darien region. UNHCR/B. Heger

A 10-year plan aimed at strengthening protection of people who have been forced to flee their homes across the Latin America and Caribbean regions is being mapped out in the city of Brasilia, in Brazil.

Co-hosted by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Government of Brazil, the two-day meeting ending on Wednesday is commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Cartagena Declaration.

This key document on the protection and rights of refugees helped expand the definition of refugees in the wake of major crises in Central America.

Speaking at the event, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres said Latin American and Caribbean countries have the capacity to respond to humanitarian challenges with innovation and flexibility.

Delegates from more than 30 governments and 150 civil society organizations were expected to address issues related to forced displacements and statelessness challenges which affect more than six million people.

UNHCR says that one of the novelties of what it's calling Cartagena +30 is the participation of the Caribbean and the "regional solidarity" it has promoted.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

Duration:  1’21″

 

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